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3WT line suggestions

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Ok so I just ordered a new St. Croix 3WT Blank to build. Its 7'9" Fast action. Looking for suggestions on fly line. Longest casting I'll be doing might be 25' but most will be well under 20'. This is my first 3WT and looking for help on Line choice. I've had good luck with Rio in the past but open for anything.

Also as far as the fishing it will be about 50-50 on dries and nymphs. Will also be doing a lot of roll casting. Actually roll casting is quite important as about 70% of my casts will be roll casts.

Any help would be great

Posted on: 10/10 11:25


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I've got an orvis hydros superfine 3wt line. It roll casts nicely on my redington CT 3wt (Which is more of a medium action). if I remember correctly the line is a double taper.

I like the line a lot - very smooth.

I've had problems with the tip sinking on me, but that is to be expected with thinner lines. Keeping it nice and clean has mitigated that issue for the most part.

Posted on: 10/10 12:18


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DT4F 444 peach.

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DT4F 444 peach.


That would be my gut feeling, to overline for a fast action rod that I expected to only cast short distances, but perhaps a rod that's 7'9" for 3 weight already takes the short distance into account when they rated the rod. I'd try both a 3 and a 4 before making up my mind.

I agree with the DT, unless they only make the line chosen in WF. No reason to get a WF at the distances talked about here -- you'll never see the running line. (And this is the perfect situation for cutting a DT line in half.)

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Rio gold wf3f or in a dt4f.

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I'd go with peach 444 dt3f. But I like using lines on the lighter end of the spectrum.

Posted on: 10/10 19:22


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I just got Hook&Hackle's WF 3wt line. Seems just fine.

Posted on: 10/11 9:25


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my personal opinion is that on a rod that short you can save money on 3wt line. if its a 10 ft rod and you're laying out dries on a big river to finicky fish, spend the money. if you're fishing small streams you won't notice a huge difference.

Posted on: 10/11 9:49


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Thanks for the input guys. Will over lining it help with roll casts or hinder? I have a 4wt GLomis that i have 5wt on and I love it but have never tried 4wt line on it

Posted on: 10/11 10:35


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I assumed it was the St Croix Legend Elite Series you purchased. I've fished that rod. liked it.
The 444 DT4F on that 3 wt rod should work out well for the type of casts you described. The 444 Peach has a fine 6" level tip so you might want to test cast and decide if you need to cut and shorten it an inch or two. I'd definitely cut off the welded loop.
Then use a .018" or a .017" dia. leader butt.
H&H has their in-house DT lines for $30. Unfortunately, they only come in olive and I've never cast them. Not sure if they are heavy versions of standard line weights.

Posted on: 10/11 13:50


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A 4wt will likely help with roll casting, because the mass is increased, therefore helping to load the rod. Heck, if you have a 5wt line already, try that, with the type of leader you plan on using, on the 3wt rod.

Posted on: 10/11 16:44


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Nate - which St. Croix rod is it?

Posted on: 10/11 21:07


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I've gotten a lot of enjoyment out of both the Rio single handed spey and Wulff triangle taper, both in three weight.

Posted on: 10/12 13:36


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Its a Legend Elite blank

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+1 Rio Gold WF3F

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